Ten Tips for Summer Energy Savings

1) Windows:
The average annual savings in the Northwest with changing to an Energy Star rated double pane window is $258.00 . Single pane is $112.00 . A standard double-pane window allows approximately 75 percent of the sun’s heat into your home. With ENERGY STAR qualified windows you can stay cool all summer long. Most ENERGY STAR qualified windows reduce the “heat gain” into your home more than typical windows do, without reducing the visible light. You get the light you need without the uncomfortable heat.

2) Open windows at night, close in morning. Close your shades, blinds, and drapes to help block the sun's radiant energy, 

3) Thermostat - set it to 78 degrees for air conditioning. Each degree up or down can make a difference in your utility bill.

4) Ceiling Fans -  use them to help circulate cooler air. Turn them off when you are away. A ceiling fan can reduce costs up to 14% with only a 2 degree increase in the thermostat

5) Fill Up Your Frig - a full refrigerator keeps it from warming up more slowly than an empty one and uses less energy to stay cool after opening.

6) Use energy savings light bulbs - in addition to lowering the electric bill, they produce 75% less heat than incandescent bulbs.

7) Have a attic inspection by a contractor to maximize insulation. If every American household did so, we would collectively save more than $1.8 billion in yearly energy costs.

8) Have fun and save - avoid using the oven and grill / cook outside. How cool is that ?

9) Use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home after showering or bathing. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside and not just to the attic.

10) Clean the lint from the clothes dryer after every load. Run full loads and use the moisture-sensing setting. This will help save 5 percent on your electric bill.

published courtesy of
VA and Sons Construction Corp.
Salem Contractor - Windows, Siding, Roofing, Painting, Remodeling